Grand jury to probe bribery allegations

Grand jury to probe bribery allegations

There are 2 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from May 9, 2011, titled Grand jury to probe bribery allegations. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

Allegations of judicial bribery are scheduled to be heard Thursday by a Do a Ana County grand jury, a source who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter said Monday.

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4justice and integrity

Albuquerque, NM

#1 May 10, 2011
Dave wrote: "Well, let's hope they also look into Judge Driggers. He is a disgrace to the judicial system! Someone needs to look into the illegal orders he gives and how partial he really is. This judge does not listen to both sides, he makes his mind up about a case and then refuses to listen to the truth. He is partial and abuses his judicial power. He makes rulings based on complete hearsay testimony from a dishonest and unethical attorney that he's partial to without any evidence at all, just hearsay allegations. He promotes embroilment in his courtroom and allows abuse of the process. He has actualy sanctioned a mother for trying to protect her children. He has given orders that were illegal and violated a parolee's parole stipulations. I know of a case where he gave orders that aided and abetted tax fraud, not to mention violating the person's civil rights. I hope that the new judges are honest, impartial, and willing to listen to both sides of a case. What we need are judges that are ethical and promote fairness, honesty, and integrity in the justice system; instead of allowing their personal embroilment with a litigant dictate their rulings and/or judicial findings. PS- I'll give you a clue who the unethical attorney is: His archrival is Mary Rosner!"

This Judge should have a complaint filed against him.
4 justice and integrity

Albuquerque, NM

#3 May 10, 2011
We have some bad judges at the third judicial district courthouse

People have to start voting to get these bad Judges out. Our vote can override the JPEC evaluations.

Someone needs to look into the judicial findings and court orders given by all of these terrible Judges but Driggers especially. At least in civil court and criminal court there is some hope for litigants because they have a jury as opposed to domestic/family court, where the judges make the decisions solely and can easily abuse their power, allow attorneys they are partial to to maliciously abuse the process, and endanger children by not protecting them from an abusive parent because the judge absolutely refuses to look at the evidence.

The people in the community need to take a stand!

1. We need to write a letter to the NM-JPEC and request that former litigants of these bad judges also get to partake in their evaluations-The district court judges won't be evaluated again until 2014. We need to get our voices heard by partaking in the judicial evaluation process.

2. We need to contact our local legislators and find out what needs to be done to get the evaluation process to be done more frequently than every 6 years. Maybe every 2 years, instead. The public needs to have more involvement in retaining or not retaining these judges by partaking in the evaluation process and by having them done more frequently but that can only be changed through legislation.

3. We need to vote!!!!!!!! If enough voters check the do not retain bubble, we can get these terrible judges out of office. This is not about a political party, it's about having decent, fair, honest and respectable judges that uphold the law. The people need to understand that just because you are a democrat or a republican doesn't mean you have to vote for that judge because he or she is aligned with the party you are registered with. If there is no opposing party judge running, you can still check the do not retain bubble on your ballot.

The problem with filing a complaint with the Judicial standards commission is that say for example if it is a divorce case and the child is 4 years old, the litigant may potentially have to deal with the judge for the next 14 years and the fear of retaliation is a very very valid fear.

These judges are getting away with this because no one has taken a stand due to fear of retaliation. I know for a fact that several local attorneys are completely intimidated by Driggers and they are too cowardly to fight for their clients if it's going to make waves with Driggers or that the evidence would prove that his judicial findings were wrong. Just because a judge gets the position of chief judge does not mean he or she is a fair, honest, or impartial judge that upholds the judicial system with integrity. It may just be that they have been at a courthouse longer than other judges and so they get the position. Look at our former chief judge, he went to be an appeals judge and now he has been suspended because of a DWI. So, don't think just because a judge is the chief judge, he is a good judge.

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